Hook-up cul­ture? More like keep-it-zipped cul­ture, study says

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

YOUNG peo­ple in the US to­day are not hav­ing as much sex as pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, de­spite the wide­spread avail­abil­ity of dat­ing sites and apps and more ac­cept­ing at­ti­tudes about pre­mar­i­tal sex, re­searchers said on Au­gust 2.

The study fo­cused on younger mem­bers of the mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion, and found they were the most sex­u­ally in­ac­tive group since the De­pres­sion era.

“The only other gen­er­a­tion that showed a higher rate of sex­ual in­ac­tiv­ity were those born in the 1920s,” said the study by re­searchers at Florida At­lantic Univer­sity and pub­lished in the Archives of Sex­ual Be­hav­ior.

The re­port found that among Amer­i­cans aged 20 to 24, those born in the early 1990s were sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to re­port no sex­ual part­ners af­ter age 18 than Gen Xers born in the late 1960s.

Fif­teen per­cent of 20- to 24-yearold Amer­i­can mil­len­ni­als re­ported hav­ing no sex­ual part­ners since turn­ing 18, com­pared to 6pc of those born in the 1960s.

“This study re­ally con­tra­dicts the wide­spread no­tion that mil­len­ni­als are the ‘hook-up’ gen­er­a­tion, which is pop­u­larised by dat­ing apps like Tin­der and others, sug­gest­ing that they are just looking for quick re­la­tion­ships and fre­quent casual sex,” said co-au­thor Ryne Sher­man, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy in the Charles E Sch­midt Col­lege of Sci­ence at Florida At­lantic Univer­sity.

“Our data show that this doesn’t seem to be the case at all and that mil­len­ni­als are not more promiscuous than their pre­de­ces­sors.”

Young women to­day are about twice as likely as men to be sex­u­ally in­ac­tive, it found.

The study also showed that fewer young peo­ple get a driver’s li­cense or work for pay, sug­gest­ing they “are grow­ing up more slowly than those born in the 1980s”.

Sep­a­rate re­search out ear­lier this year by the US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion found that 41pc of high school stu­dents said they had ever had sex, down from 54pc in 1991.

Sher­man said the reasons for the shift are com­plex, but that fac­tors may in­clude more sex ed­u­ca­tion, greater aware­ness of sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, easy ac­cess to pornog­ra­phy and per­haps dif­fer­ing def­i­ni­tions across gen­er­a­tional lines of what sex is, such as whether it means oral sex or in­ter­course.

Some­how, know­ing more about sex and be­ing able to see it on video has not trans­lated into more ac­tual sex for young peo­ple to­day.

“While at­ti­tudes about pre­mar­i­tal sex have be­come more per­mis­sive over time, rise in in­di­vid­u­al­ism al­lows young Amer­i­can adults to have per­mis­sive at­ti­tudes with­out feel­ing the pres­sure to con­form in their own be­hav­ior,” said Sher­man. –

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Teenagers may be hav­ing less sex due to an in­crease in sex­ual ed­u­ca­tion.

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